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Rocky Mountaineer - Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Westbound

8 days Rail Tours

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Make like a true adventurer and explore great Western Canada. Over the course of a week, you’ll be transported into the life of a voyager, heading east from Vancouver and into British Columbia’s interior on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Making stops in Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and Kamloops, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the dramatic, fascinating scenery. From calm, glistening waters, rushing rivers and waterfalls, to a birds-eye view from a helicopter and driving over an ancient glacier. All of this, topped off with a constant backdrop of those iconic snow-peaked Rockies.

Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend time exploring the "heart of the New West". Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary – Lake Louise

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Lake Louise. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Arrive in Lake Louise late in the afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise – Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff

Please note: while departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00pm, scheduled check-out time is 12:00pm. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjo the amenities of the hotel before your tour departs.

Day 4: Banff – Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Artic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefields Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon. Spend the next 2 nights in Jasper. (L)

Day 5: Jasper 

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. (L)

Please note: in the event the lake cruise is not operating, interpretive experiences will be offered on First National history, foods and culture.

Day 6: Jasper – Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Please note: while arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00pm, scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 7: Kamloops – Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see the dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver in the evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)

Day 8: Vancouver Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

 

Please note: This tour also operates Eastbound - Vancouver to Calgary.


B - Breakfast   
L - Lunch

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Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada 
GMT -8 hours Western Canada

Tour inclusions

  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service
  • 2 breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
  • Yoho National Park
  • Calgary to Lake Louise Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour
  • Calgary Tower
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • National parks pass

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and on departure
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)

Dining inclusions

2 breakfasts and 4 lunches included.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.